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Local Community Resources

If you or a loved one is in need of additional help dealing with grief, see our list of suggested books, websites and more below.

Centre for Living with Dying

A program of the Bill Wilson Center that provides individual and small group support for adults, children, and families experiencing life-threatening illness or death of a loved one. Crisis intervention and a broad-based educational program on grief and loss are offered. Grief counseling services are provided by highly trained volunteers, interns, and a dedicated staff.

Hospice of the Valley

Offers grief support at no charge for the family and loved ones of the patient for 13 months as part of hospice services. The Community Grief Center also offers bereavement support to grieving community members on a sliding scale fee.


A center that offers compassionate peer support and education to individuals, families, and organizations coping with death and dying. Kara’s mission is to empower children, teens, and adults to find their way through grief so that they can rebuild their lives with renewed hope and meaning.

Mission Hospice & Home Care

Founded in 1979, Mission Hospice & Home Care is a local, independent nonprofit that provides quality, compassionate end-of-life care for patients and families in San Mateo County and surrounding communities. Mission Hospice hosts ongoing, free drop-in grief support groups, open to the community, in both English & Spanish. Mission Hospice also offers specialized support groups and workshops, as well as individual and family counseling sessions. For more information and a schedule of upcoming group meetings, please visit

Pathways Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty

A community based non-profit healthcare organization that offers more than clinical excellence. Pathways provides compassionate, high-quality patient and family-centered home health and hospice care promoting comfort, independence, and dignity. Pathways also provides extensive grief support through support groups, counseling, workshops, publications, and remembrance events.

Educational Resources

National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved –

Seasons of Hope: Creating and Sustaining Catholic Bereavement Groups, By Donna MacLeod

Bereavement: Counseling Grieving Throughout the Life Cycle, By David Crenshaw

Association for Death Education and Counseling –


Awaken to Good Mourning, By Mark E. Hundley

Beyond Grief: A Guide for Recovering from the Death of a Loved One, By Carol Staudacher

Finding Hope Again, By Peter Millar

HeartPeace: Healing Help for Grieving Folks, By Richard Gilbert

How We Grieve; Relearning the World, By Thomas Attig

Mourning, By Patrick Del Zoppo

Out of Darkness…into the Dawn, By Sister Marilyn Welch

Safe Passage, By Molly Fumia

Winter Grief, Summer Grace: Returning to Life After a Loved One Dies, By James Miller

All Will Be Well: A Gathering of Healing Prayers, Edited by Lyn Klug

Art of Dying, by Patricia Weenolsen, Ph.D.

Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness, Edited by Joanne Lynn, MD and Joan Harrold, MD

The End-of-Life Handbook, by David Feldman, Ph.D. & Andrew Lasher, Jr, MD

Facing Death Together: Parish Funerals, by Margaret Smith

Through Death to Life, by Joseph M. Champlin



Articles on Grief & Healing –

Compassionate Friends –

Crisis, Grief, and Healing –

Embracing our Dying: A Resource for Catholics Facing End-of-Life Issues –

GriefNet –

Grief Journey –

Growth House, Inc. –

GriefShare –

Hello Grief –

KidsAid –

Open to Hope –

The Sibling Connection –

My Wonderful Life –

Virtual Memorials –

Spanish Websites:

Vivir la perdida –

Asociación Nacional del Ministerio a los Afligidos Р

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